Monday, October 28, 2013

overwhelmed...

This time next week, I will be heading to the airport. I cannot even begin to describe how blessed I have been by friends and family over the last few weeks! From friends driving into town to see me to people sharing my story with anyone who will listen to them or click on a link or read their blog. I am overwhelmed by the amount of encouragement I have received from so many people around me!

Needless to say, these last few months have been filled with uncertainty and change. Both of these things are continually difficult for me, but it never ceases to amaze me how God uses people at exactly the right times to bring you exactly what you need in that moment. The time over the last few months in just preparing to leave, God has stretched me to trust Him more than I ever have had to before. Having people on my team cheering me on along the way means the world to me. I cannot even describe how many days I have almost let frustration in little things get the best of me and God has sent a blessing and reassured me that He is faithful!

In Kenya a few summers ago, I had a lady who I worked closely with tell me that many of us as Americans don't have to truly trust God. She said that we have been raised to always have a safety net: a savings account and insurance. Instead of trusting that God will provide when we need it, we make sure we have what we need. I am absolutely guilty of many times trusting more in my savings account, insurance and even myself than in God, but He is stretching me and showing me that He is always faithful.

God has used so many different people these last few weeks to encourage me and remind that he is faithful. There are so many times in the past when I would hear God tell me to send someone a note or a word of encouragement and I brush it off or just never get around to it. I am so thankful that I have so many friends around me that are obedient. Their words have meant the world to me!  It is rare in life to be able to share with so many people who played such an important role in my journey and to feel their support as they cheer me on.
I am truly blessed and overwhelmed at God's faithfulness and provision. He uses each of us in so many different ways and has greater plans than any of us can even fathom. I am very stubborn and God has to teach me the same lessons over and over again many times. I am thankful we serve a loving God who takes care of even the little things. His blessings come from unexpected places and are always right on time and more than we need. He is ALWAYS faithful!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Counting Down...

Those of you who know me, know that I always have a count down going on. As I count down to November 4th, I have been blessed to soak up special time with so many friends and family. During time with these friends, I have been asked lots of questions! I wanted to answer some of the most frequently asked questions before I head off for Zambia!

When are you leaving for Zambia?

My flights are set to depart on November 4th in the morning. After 2 long flights and a 21 hour layover, I should arrive in Zambia on November 6th.

Where exactly will you be?

I will living in Lusaka, Zambia. Zambia is located in sub-Sahara Africa and is slightly larger than Texas. There are 13 million people in Zambia and half of them are under the age of 16. This huge number is due to the high death rate from extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS.

The average life expectancy in Zambia is 38 years old and it has the 5th highest death rate in the world. Of the 6.5 million children in Zambia, more than 1 million of them are orphaned. Conditions for these children are nearly impossible. With extremely high unemployment rates, about 86% of the population of Zambia must live on less than $1 a day.
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What exactly will you be doing?
 
In Zambia, I will help run our 16 private schools (and counting) that educates 3,400 orphaned and vulnerable children (and counting). I will work with and train our over 70 teachers and help interview and hire the additional staff needed. There will be 3 of us in Zambia running this mini school district with the help of some amazing Zambian teachers! I am sure each day will be filled with different tasks and doing whatever it takes to educate our precious children!
 

Click HERE to watch a video about the Lifeway Christian Academies I will be working with.
 
Are you sure you will be safe?
 
No matter where you live in today's world, this question is extremely difficult to answer!
I do believe that when you are serving Christ, there is no better place to be!
 
How can I support you?
 
Pray

Each day will be a new adventure for me during this time. Your support through prayer is the most important to me. Please pray for wisdom and guidance during this transition, and pray each day I will be able to share the love of Christ with the people of Zambia. I will post updates on my blog and would love for you to follow me throughout this journey!

Give
Family Legacy is a nonprofit organization and as employees, we are required to raise 100% of our own salary. By raising our own support, this allows 95% of every dollar donated to Family Legacy to be able to go directly to the children in Zambia for all programs and operations. I am confident that God will call people to serve alongside me as monthly supporters as well as individuals who feel led to give on a one-time basis. If you use the link below, any donations made on this page will go to directly support me as I head to serve in Zambia. 
 
Come
 
I would love the opportunity to serve with you in Lusaka, Zambia! Starting October 15th, you can begin signing up for one of the many trips going on this summer!
Camp LIFE - Family Legacy takes American families to Zambia each summer to love on the kids of Lusaka and to share to love of Christ with them. This past summer over 700 Americans made the trip to lead camp for more than 7,000 Zambian children.
 
Click HERE for more information about Camp LIFE
 
 
Teach ONE – One of the most effective ways we can impact a Zambian child’s education is to empower and equip teachers. Zambian teachers have formal training, but lack exposure to best-practice strategies to implement within their classrooms. Join us and help invest in developing well-trained teachers who will inspire their students to become Zambia’s future leaders.

Click HERE for more information about Teach ONE

I cannot believe in 20 days I will be heading to Lusaka! As my countdown continues, I am not letting a day go by without soaking up everything American! I am beyond thankful for the support and encouragement from everyone around me and could not be more blessed by my time here before I leave! 

"Each day is new and ready for you to live it fully." -unknown